Alcatraz Island (US&C)

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Tuesday, April 25, 1978

One time I visited San Francisco with my friend and her family; I was maybe 10 or 11 years old. We took the ferry over to Alcatraz Island ("The Rock") and did the tour of the prison that is surrounded by craggy rocks in the middle of the San Francisco Bay.

It was kind of creepy, but cool at the same time. It's definitely not a place I would want to be incarcerated. Well, I wouldn't want to be incarcerated *anywhere*, but you know what I mean.

One of the most famous criminals to have stayed on "The Rock" was Al Capone. Alcatraz was a maximum-security prison and considered escape proof. The tour guide told us of many unsuccessful escape attempts made by the
prisoners. Some of them were eaten by sharks or froze to death in the
cold bay water. Ack!

I also got to see Alcatraz Island from a bird's perspective. We took a helicopter flight over the city and bay, and got a nice view of the island. Alcatraz is now a part of the National Park Service, but before it was a prison, it was the first military fort on the West Coast.
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